Candidates to replace Hugo Lloris (36), Tottenham’s built-in goalkeeper, are appearing one after another.
Following Jordan Pickford (28, Everton), the England national team’s ‘Number 1’ GK, has recently been in the spotlight, a new name has also emerged. Britain’s ‘Telegraph’ reported on the 8th (local time) that ‘Tottenham are paying attention to Brentford’s David Raya (27) as the next goalkeeper to replace Lloris’.
Although Raya is from Spain, he spent his youth days at Blackburn and made his professional debut through the 2014-2015 season England Championship (Second Division). He moved to Brentford for the 2019-2020 season and won promotion to the Premier League last season. He has been a goalkeeper for Brentford all season as well.
Raya successfully signed a 4-year contract renewal in October 2020, and his contract with Brentford ends in 2024. Tottenham are aiming to sign Raya through the summer transfer market after this season.
Finding an alternative to Lloris is not a matter of choice, but a matter of survival. Lloris, who built a nest in Tottenham in 2012, has been guarding Tottenham’s goal for 11 years. In January of last year, he signed a two-year extension, which runs until 2024.
Raya only participated in two A matches, but was selected to represent Spain at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He is also famous as a sweeper-type goalkeeper because of his excellent footwork.
Lloris captained France to the final at the World Cup in Qatar. However, even he, who is looking at the age of 40, can’t help the time. In particular, in the match against Aston Villa on the first day of the new year, he made a fatal mistake and contributed the opening goal, and was on the cutting board.
Liverpool legend Graham Souness says Lloris’s prime is past. “I’ve been talking about it for a long time, but I’m not a big fan of Lloris. Since last season, he’s made four crucial mistakes that led to goals. It’s the worst record in the Premier League for a goalkeeper,” he said. “Lloris is past its expiration date.”
Lloris’ position in Tottenham is still strong. He is also the captain of Tottenham. However, Tottenham also needs to prepare for the ‘Post Lloris’ era in the summer transfer market. Raya came up as an alternative.